Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Liliales

Colchicaceae - Flame lily family

La Croix, I. (2009) Colchicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Maroyi, A (2002) Colchicaceae in Zimbabwe Kirkia 18(1) 1-10

Description of the family

Rootstock a corm, rarely a tuber. Leaves few and mainly basal or borne on leafy, sometimes branched, stems. Flowers solitary or in racemes, actinomorphic, bisexual. Perianth in two whorls of 3, connate at the base or free. Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Fruit usually a septicidal capsule. Seeds glabrous.

Worldwide: 15 genera and 165 species, Australia and South Africa to Western Europe and Western Asia.

Caprivi: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

Gloriosa superba

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Gloriosa L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Colchicaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Colchicaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Colchicaceae
Flora of Malawi: Colchicaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Colchicaceae
Flora of Zambia: Colchicaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Colchicaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Colchicaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Colchicaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Colchicaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Colchicaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Colchicaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Colchicaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Colchicaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Colchicaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Colchicaceae
Wikipedia: Colchicaceae
Plants of the World Online: Colchicaceae
Tropicos: Colchicaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated plants: Family page: Colchicaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=58, retrieved 25 September 2023

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